Life At Its Best: Confronting challengers of change
By Jim Graff
It is no secret that we live in an extremely competitive world. But the dog-eat-dog, every-man-for-himself mentality has caused many of us to long for what is comfortable, rather than what is competitive.
We desire security in the workplace for fear of what a lack of it could bring - a new line of work, new bosses and co-workers, perhaps even a new city or state. While change might be inevitable, it is hard to accept nonetheless.
But it is not only negative changes that we as a culture have difficulty embracing. Positive ones, such as beginning new relationships and letting go of past hurts often produce the most resistance.
Of course, it is easy to blame this resistance on those people and events that hurt us, but the truth is that our biggest source of opposition is usually found in ourselves. We are our own worst enemies of change.
Fortunately, God has exactly what we need to effectively embrace change in our lives. 2 Peter 1:3 says, "His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."
All the power we need for change is in God. He wants to guide us, but he only can if we choose confidence in his answers over discouragement from our conditions.
The other day, Tamara told me she felt that God had impressed something upon her heart during her prayer time, and I was genuinely excited. I figured it was something new and exciting God was using her to speak to me about.
All of my interest in the conversation was soon lost, however, when she told me what that thought was. She said, "I really felt like the Lord impressed upon me that we shouldn't be eating anything in our 40s and 50s that we are going to regret when we come to our 60s, 70s and 80s."
Now, when she said that, it was like I got saved all over again. I thought, "You know, for me to change my life as much as she's talking about right now, I'm going to have to agree to a whole different way of life." And though I'm not exactly looking forward to that adjustment in my life, I know that that's exactly what change requires - fully embracing a new way of life.
In his word, God gives us the key to doing this. By respecting his ways over ours, responding with actions rather than intentions, and removing any roots that produce bad fruit in our lives, we can all experience complete and satisfying change.
So, the next time you face opposition in the midst of change don't be afraid to confront it. Whether it lies in your heart or in the heart of others, I promise you that it is only trivial compared to what God can do. If you will keep your eyes on him, he can and will bring you into greater things.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria, Texas. www.faithfamilyvictoria.com